Utah’s secondary certainly isn’t lacking in confidence.

And, really, that group should have a tremendous amount of it heading into the new year. Injury concerns last year have created experienced depth for the new year. Both cornerback Clark Phillips III and safety Zemaiah Vaughn said this week, via AllUtes’ Cole Bagley, they feel they have the best cornerback room in the Pac-12.

“With everybody healthy, with everybody back, pushing each other and competing every single day, we have one of the top secondary’s and it’s showing,” said Phillips. “We’re getting better, we haven’t arrived yet, but it’s just a beautiful thing when everybody has experience.”

Asked where Vaughn would rank the group: “One. We’ve got the best room in the Pac. We work harder, we do more.”

Phillips is one of the best at the position in all of college football. He’s an NFL prospect. And among players who played enough snaps last season to qualify, he’s the highest-graded corner returning in the Pac-12.

JaTravis Broughton started the first two games of the season at corner before suffering a season-ending injury. He’s back and healthy. Faybian Marks started seven before being sidelined by injury. He’s back and healthy. Malone Mataele saw action in 11 games while making five starts. He returns.

Utah was top-50 last season in passing success rate and explosiveness allowed. They expect to be even better in 2022.